Dr. Joshana K. Goga is a pharmacist at Sheppard Pratt. In addition to her role as pharmacist, she serves as a clinical specialist collaborating in the management of medication regimens for patients with psychiatric diagnoses on the geriatric inpatient service line. In her research role, she serves as a contributing author for the Stanley Research Foundation; the group’s work currently focuses on the use of probiotics to reduce the rate of readmission in patients with bipolar disorder. Her past publications focus on deprescribing and lean methodologies to improve medication management across the health system. Dr. Goga provides educational training for staff, patients, students and residents as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University Of Maryland School Of Pharmacy.
She earned her B.S. and Doctor of Pharmacy at University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy. Dr. Goga completed her primary care residency at University of Buffalo, and her psychiatry residency with the Veterans Administration. She is a board certified psychiatric pharmacist and also certified as a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma.
University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy
Primary Care: University of Buffalo
Psychiatry: Veterans Administration
- ASCP President Elect 2019 - 2021
- ASCP Maryland Secretary 2017 - 2019
- Peter Lamy Center Geriatric Champion 2017 - present
- Dementia Counsel Maryland 2015 - present
- State of Maryland Governor’s Council 2008 - 2016
- Indoamerican Psychiatric Association 2007 - 2016
- College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists 2005 - present
- Geriatric Community Leader 2016-
- Editorial board of Mental Health Clinician 2013-2016
Awards and Honors
- Honorable Mention Maryland Patient Safety 2018 Lean Methodology: Appropriate Use of Opioids in Pain Management
- CDC HA-VTE Prevention Challenge Honorable Mention to Sheppard Pratt Health System 2015
- Minogue Award “Lean Methodology: Appropriate Antipsychotic Use on an Inpatient Dementia Unit - Maryland Patient Safety 2014
Goga K, Michaels A, Zisselman M, DePaolo A, Khushalani S, Walters JK, Roca B, Poloway A. Reducing Opioid Use for Chronic Pain in Older Adults. Am J Health Sys Pharm. Volume 76, Issue 8, 15 April 2019, Pages 554–559.
Goga J, Keshishian A, Kutzer D, Walters JK. Chronic Pain Management With Ziconotide Induces Suicidal and Homicidal Ideations. Letter to the Editor. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2018; 1-2.
Goga J, Michaels A, Zisselman M et al. Lean methodology reduces opioid use for chronic pain management. IAGG 2018
Dickerson F, Adamos M, Katsafanas E, Khushalani S, Origani A, Savage C, Schweinfurth L, Stallings C, Sweeney K, Goga J, Yolken R. Adjunctive probiotic microorganisms to prevent rehospitalization in patients with acute mania: A randomized controlled trial. Bipolar Do 2018; 1-8.
Lumish R, Goga JK, Brandt NK. Optimizing Pain Management through Opioid Deprescribing. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 2018;44(1):9-14.
Goga J, DePaolo A, Khushalani S, Walters JK, Roca R, Zisselman M, Borleis C. Lean Methodology Reduces Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics for Agitation at a Psychiatric Hospital. Consult Pharm 2017; 32:54-62.
Bach LL, Goga J. Management of migraine headaches in a chronic pain patient: a case report. Ment Health Clin [Internet]. DOI: 10.9740/mhc.2016.03
Goga JK. Dignifying Dementia: Accepting the Limitations of Medications. Ment Health Clin. 2014;4(4):73.
Goga JK. Toolbox: Management of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia. Ment Health Clin. 2014; 4(4):83.
Goga JK, Tran Q, Walters S. Treating the Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia: A Case Based Approach. Ment Health Clin. 2014; 4(4):82.
Dickerson, F.B., Stallings, C., Origoni, A., Katsafanas, E., Savage, C.L.G., Schweinfurth, L.A.B., Goga, J., Khushalani, S., Yolken, R.H . (2014). Effect of probiotic supplementation on schizophrenia symptoms and association with gastrointestinal functioning: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 16(1).